14 billion yen deal that went public yesterday and takes effect on November 1. There was no word at the time about how this would affect Atlus, but Hiraoka has cleared the air with an open letter to to fans and customers (translated version via Game Informer):
"I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support of Atlus products .... Atlus has consistently received support and praise from our faithful and our respected customers, and made great progress in recent years. So the recent incident must have surprised and worried all of you dearly. For that, I would like to express my deepest apologies.
"We have nurtured a great relationship with Sega Inc. for a long time, especially concerning our consumer games business in Japan."
Hiraoka explains that he sees the buy-out as beneficial for two reasons: Sega understands Atlus' desire to produce quality products and expand its business, and the companies' strengths compliment each other. Read the full letter below.